On Friday morning, 12 November, Pope Francis began his visit to the Italian town of Assisi with an unexpected visit to the Poor Clares Convent, where he met privately with the cloistered nuns serving the Church in prayer.
He then travelled to the Basilica of Saint Mary of the Angels. There, the Holy Father met with around 500 poor people from various European nations, many of them homeless, unemployed, or migrants. The trip came just ahead of the celebration of the fifth World Day of the Poor which took place on Sunday, 14 November, in Saint Peter’s Basilica. For the celebration, the Pope offered Mass in the presence of some 2,000 people living in poverty and the volunteers who assist them.